Rivers Spencer Interiors
Cheryl Gerber Photographs
How did you get into the business?
When I realized I could make a living doing what I love, it saved me from law school.
Why did you open in New Orleans?
After living in New York and DC, I had to get back to the South and New Orleans is a design mecca in many ways; it has so much energy, life, color and soul.
What’s the most beautiful house you’ve ever seen?
It’s Amy Howard’s. She’s a couture interior designer and she has this amazing palatial, French chateau-style house outside Memphis. We actually carry some of her furniture line, which is made right there in Tennessee.
What advice would you give to people wanting to decorate?
Make sure it’s a reflection of you. If you don’t wear bright colors, don’t use them.
Where are you favorite spots in town?
Patois is my favorite restaurant, Sucré, the ham and cheese croissant from La Boulangerie (which is dangerously next door) and the Absinthe House in the French Quarter.
Where do you find inspiration?
It’s the little things, not the big. It’s always from observing my everyday surroundings, the lines on a house on St. Charles Avenue, or the detail you’ll find on an old shotgun.
Three things you can’t live without?
My Chanel No. 5, CC’s Coffee and my daily walk in Audubon Park with my dog.
Have you ever regretted selling a piece?
Well, I fall in love with all my pieces and am always a little sad to see them go. F